Graduate Application FAQs | Department of Chemistry

Graduate Application FAQs

What are the requirements for admission?

Your application will be reviewed holistically and individually. We do not have a set of parameters for this reason. However, typically we do prefer to see:

  • A BS or BA in a related science field
  • GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)

I have a low GPA or GRE scores; will I be disqualified?

Your application is reviewed holistically, as a whole picture of you; no one piece is disqualifying by itself. The Department is no longer requiring the GRE for admissions.

What is a Statement of Purpose?

A Statement of Purpose is a 1-2 page essay that generally serves to explain why you are applying to this program. The content and writing style is up to the individual, but the admissions committee will expect to see:

  • Why you want to study advanced chemistry
  • What you plan to do with your degree
  • Your past research experiences
  • Why you want to study chemistry at UNT
  • Your research areas of interest, including specific UNT faculty research groups

May I submit an official transcript as part of my Chemistry application?

Yes, you may upload an unofficial transcript or a copy of an official transcript as part of your application to the Chemistry department. Please note: an official transcript is required as part of your Toulouse Graduate School application.

When will I be notified of a decision?

As soon as the application reviewing committee comes to an admission decision, you will be notified by both email and mail. Once your application is complete, it is in the review process.

Decisions are made for Fall in early December and may continue until April. If you desire a Spring admission, please notify us by early summer if possible.

What funding options are available for graduate students?

Graduate students in the Department of Chemistry at UNT are funded through a variety of sources. We automatically consider all applicants for any and all scholarships/awards for which they are eligible.

  • Department position as Teaching Assistantships (TA), lab preppers, graders, CRC and CCIL personnel. Our department position stipends are very competitive and come with a waiver of out-of-state tuition. Student typically begin their studies with a department position.
  • Research Assistantship (RA): Once a student joins a research group (first year of their program), they are often hired by their faculty advisor as a Research Assistant. Position details are determined by the faculty advisor.

Department positions are eligible for the Tuition Benefit Program, covering 9 credit hours (full time) of tuition and all mandatory fees for PhD students. MS students are provided with Tuition Benefit Program credits, but we are unable to guarantee coverage at the full-time rate. Eligibility details and benefit amounts vary each semester; specific details are outlined in your letter of admission.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants are offered through the Toulouse Graduate School. The Chemistry department does offer scholarships annually to qualified students, which are awarded in late April.

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